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Another year is here! We are now in 2017. I hope this year will be better than 2016. My sister passing away unexpectedly was a shock to my family that will last a life time I’m sure. Just today, over coffee at Starbucks, my mother and I were talking about it. Talking about the subject and the same inner-topics we already spoke about 100 times seems to be healing. So we do it until the pain temporarily goes away. Only time will heal us completely.
However, to magically brightening things up this Christmas season, my little sister (from my father) finally found her way from Charlotte to Albuquerque. Even though we talk on the phone often, and I see what she is up to on Facebook, I haven’t physically seen her or my nephew in 11 years. When I first moved to New Mexico I tried to get her to visit and even relocate but it didn’t happen. Now the timing couldn’t have been better and below are some photos from her 8-day stay. Enjoy!
Fabulous experience at the Sanctuario De Chimayo in Chimayo, NM.
Christmas Eve tradition celebrating Luminaria in Old Town.
This is the old western gangster Billy The Kid’s grave site. The museum was interesting. It didn’t hold much of Billy’s stuff (he died young. Was always on the run. So he probably didn’t have anything) but it was still very interesting.
We didn’t do all that I planned like visit the White Sands or take a ride in a hot air balloon but hopefully she’ll return soon so those things can be done.
Happy New Year!
I participated in Christmas activities with my Sorors from the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. We always have a good time when we get together for fellowship and this event was no different.
I never know where to look when taking selfies.
The Elephant Exchange gifts.
My beautiful Elephant Exchange gift!
My Afro puff piece.
The Delta with the Afro puff can still be seen with or without lighting!
Fall just rolled in yesterday and I am already excited about the season’s activities. I don’t know why I can’t wait for Halloween to come. I am not going to do anything but hand out candy. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving but that is going to be low-key this year. I adore Fall colors. My home, my front yard, my wardrobe and my make-up all mirror the Fall colors I love. This blog even consists of Fall colors. The theme just moves me and I feel good in it.
So my mom and I decided to go apple picking. Pick-your-own-apples is my favorite all-time Fall activity that my mom introduced to me when I was a teen. In New York we used to go every Fall at least twice in one season. As an adult I continued the family tradition and learned how to make all kinds of apple dishes.
To my surprise this season apples are in full bloom in New Mexico and we found an orchard 45 minutes away in Belen. The folks there are the sweetest and the orchard is full of tasty apples on dwarf trees which makes picking them very easy.
We picked Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Winesaps apples and I can’t wait to start baking pies, dumplings and tarts. My husband is not a big fan of raw apples but even he was impressed with the sweetness of Costanza apples.
Orchard dog chillin’.
Hey! Hey! Hey! My favorite time of the year is here!
Hot, dry, blazing weather. Just the way I like it. Summer is so fabulous! Too fabulous for words and since I was a little girl, until now, I love experiencing, longer days, shorter nights, morning hikes, backyard barbecues, sunsets, sunrises, free concerts, ice cream, snow cones, frosted smoothies, homemade lemonade, maxi dresses, sandals, sunglasses, floppy hats, bronze skin, cornrows, big afros and box braids! What more could I ask for? Well, I could ask for a lot of things, but for now I am enjoying the hot weather while it last.
I haven’t really written any hair articles lately and that’s because I have been preoccupied with so many things. I can’t talk about everything right now but one day with my lawyer’s approval I will.
In the meantime, enjoy your summer and all that the warm nights bring!
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
―Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived.”
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.”
―Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Ummmm. I saw this video by PETA and had to post it. The video was initially slated as a TV commercial but got banned. I don’t think it was banned because it was too sexy I think the commercial was banned because it revealed facts that having a healthy/vegan diet can lead to a better sex life and healthier life overall. Check it out, judge for yourself and share your thoughts. Enjoy!
Why Was This Vegan Commercial Banned From TV?
It has been known forever that vegans generally are in better health than non-vegans. This applies to sexual health as well. Most vegan experts agree that vegans are better in bed than those who consume diets with animal products. Do vegans last longer in bed?
I’d like to know why matters of human health are considered too risqué for TV? Why can we have TV shows and movies on every night that deal with sexuality but as soon as a racy vegan commercial is put on TV it’s too taboo for air? Could it be a conspiracy? It surely can’t because of the content. You can see much worse in the average sitcom.
Is it true that vegans have better sex than non-vegans? How about the claim that vegans ‘last longer? Below is what we do know about a vegan diet.
- Foods with higher levels of zinc and vitamin B increase sexual desire and libido. These are primarily vegan foods.
- Vegans typically are slimmer leading to what is widely considered as being sexy (yes we understand many prefer a fuller body)
- Vegans have been shown to have more energy and stamina than their meat eating counterparts
- Some studies have shown that vegans smell better, have better skin, and yes…even have better tasting bodily secretions.
While it’s not an absolute that vegans last longer, it’s not an unreasonable assumption. Either way, it really cleared the way for an exciting and attention getting video from PETA! We enjoyed watching it. What do you think?
I have always enjoyed taking pictures. As I got older I realized the importance of a photo. So on the cruise we took as many pictures as we could. I even organized a photo shoot on Valentines day. We posed for many but the ones below made the cut. Enjoy!
You know seven days wasn’t really enough time to get away. I need two weeks or more to really feel relaxed and happy to return to my home. However, I am happy I had the opportunity to do a week. I had a good time and below are additional photos for you to review. Enjoy!
The water felt warm and inviting.
Their version of Lays potato chips at Walmart.